Mining Company Security Manager Interview

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on May 10, 2019

First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQML) is a global enterprise with offices on 4 continents and operations in 7 countries with exploratory operations in "several other countries."

At any given site, their security measures are protecting billions of dollars worth of equipment and undiscovered natural resources.

Managing security at selected sites has been Gary Egan's [link no longer available] job for nearly a decade.

In this end user interview, we talk with Egan, who is FQML's Security Manager for their Trident Project in Zambia. He is also back-up managing security at the company's Mauritanian copper mining operation during a colleague's absence, and inside shares on topics such as:

  • Why they use many brands of camera, including Hikvision
  • Why they like Milestone
  • Why they "have no loyalty, as it were, to a single brand"
  • How They Use Analog For A Specific Purpose
  • How he helps protect $2.6 billion in assets
  • How they use their cameras for business as well as security
  • How their special environments dictate "robust" equipment
  • Why they are evaluating facial recognition

****: **** ** ****?

**: **** ** * successful ****** ******** ****** mining *******.

****: **** ***** **** successful? *** ***** ******** of ***-********** *********** *** there *** *** ******* yourself **?

**: **** ******* ** a ***** ********* ** Zambia ** *** ***** 1990’s, *** ** *** a $**+ ******* ******* with *********** ***** *** over *** *****. ** is *** * ********** to *** ** *** peer *****, ****** * comment ** *** ******* of *** ******* ***** its *********.

****: ***** *** *** based/where ** *** ***** out **********?

**: **** *** ********* offices ** ******, **, Australia, *** ***** ****** and *********** ***** ** Australia, ******, *****, *******, Zambia, **********, *** ******, plus ********** *********** ****** in ******* ***** *********.

****: ** *** **** a **** ** ******** security ********** ** *** those *********? ** ** security ******* ****-**-**** ** make ** **** **********?

**: ******** ** ******* on * ****-**-**** ***** with ********* ******** ******** and ***** ***** ** the *****. ***** ******** is ******** ** *** Group ******** *******.

How ** ***** ******* $*.* ******* ** ******

****: ********* ****’* *** value ** *** ***** your ******** ******** ******* in ***** ** ********* and ********/*********?

**: *** ******* ******* is * $*.* ******* project.

****: *** **** **** you **** * **** Security ******* *** ****?

**: * **** **** with **** *** **** 7 ½ *****.

****: *** *** *** come **** **** ***?

**: * *** *** then ***** ******** ******* whilst ******** ** * contract ** ******* **** site *** *** ******* my ******* ****

****: **** **** **** typical *** ** *** job **** ****?

**: *** *** **** start ** ********* ******* from *** ******** ***** and ******* **** *** scenarios **** ******* ********* attention—not ***** **** ****** the *****. ******** *********** is ******* ** *** General ******* *** ***** Security ******* ** **** they *** ** ** speed ** *** ****** that *** ****** *** safety ** ********* *** operations ** *** ****. From ***** ** **, every *** ** *********.

****: **** ***** ** technological (*******, ****** *******, intrusion, *****, **** ************, etc.) *** ***** ********* do *** ******?

**: *** ************ ***** IP ****, ****** *******, intruder ***** *******, **** detection *******, *** ******* tracking *******. *** **-***** team **** **********, ************** and *** ********* **** of *** ******** **********. Additionally, ** **** ******** contractors **** ******* * variety ** ******** ** the ****.

****: **** ** *** size *** ***** ** those ******* *********?

**: ****-**** ** **** 10 ** *****, ******* through **********, ********* *** investigative, ********* ** ******** contractors **** ******* ****** guarding, **********, **, ********* patrol *** ***** ****** escort, *** * ***** contract ***** ** ***.

****: *** **** ******* and ******* ** *** have?

**: *** ******** ****** comprises ***+ *******, ***** the ****** ******* ****** has ************* **,***+ ********, 100+ ***** *******, *** 25+ **** ********* *******.

****: *** *** *** responsibility *** ************* **** surveillance *** ****** ******* systems, ******** ** **?

**: ******** *********** *** security *******.

****: **** *** **** gotten *** ******** **** locals ***** ******* ** public ***** ** **** sites?

**: **.

****: *** ** *** network ********* ********? *** do *** ******* *** communicate, *** *******?

**: *** ******** ****** has *** *** ******* consisting ** *****, ******** CAT6 *** ***** *****. Industrial ******** ******** ******* access ** *** **************.

****: *** ********* ********. What ********* **** *** used?

**: ** ** *** use ******** ******* ** the *******. ******** ***** utilize ******** *****, ***** we **** ***** ** be ******** ** *** conditions, *** ****-*********.

****: ** *** **** a ********* ** ********* network *** **** ******* and ***** *******?

**: ** **** * dedicated ******** ******* ** which *** ******** ******* systems *** *********.

****: **** **** *** choose *** **** *** other?

**: **** *** ******, we ****** ** **** complete ******* ** *** systems. ****** ******** ********* IT *******, ******** ******* infrastructure, **** *** ******** critical *******, ****** ** real-time **** ************ ** small ******* ** ******** can ** *********** ** its *************. ** ***** in ******* ** *** complete ******, *** ******** department *** **** ****** any *************, *********** *** changes **** *** ** required ** **** *** business **********.

****: ** *** ******* remote ******* ** ****** or ** ************* ******** limit **** *******?

**: *** ******* **** have ****** ** *** security ************** *** ******** connected *** ** ** not ***** ****** *******. Technologies ** *** **** of ****** ************ *** encryption *** *** ******* are ********** ***** ************ and ********* *** ********* future *********, ****** *** business ******* **.

****: ****, ** ***, external ************* ****** **** you *** *** ******** systems *******?

**: **** ** * continual ******* ******* **** is ******* ********* ********** and **** ** ******** should *** ******* *** remote ****** ** ********.

****: **** ** *** relationship ******* ******** *** IT ** ****?

**: *** ******** ********** has *** *** ********* team ** **** ***** the ******** *******. *** department *** * **** working ************ **** ** and **** **** ***** skill ****, *** **** to ****, ** *** when ********.

****: *** ** *** select/evaluate ******** *********** ** work ****?

**: *** **** ** remote *** ** *** fortunate **** **-***** ** have *** ********* ********* relating ** *** *********** security ******* ** **** we ** *** **** to **** ********** ** suppliers *** ***********. ** have *** ********* ********* who **** ******** *** their ********* ********* *** reliability ** **** ** their ******* ***** ** in *** *******.

****: ** *** **** mostly ** *** ****** of **** ********* ** consultants **** ** ***** to **** ******** **** or *** *** ** the ******** ******** *** request ********/*********?

**: ** ** * lot ** ******* ******** in-house ** **** ** improve *** ************ ** the ******. ********** ******** on *** ****** *** driven ** ************ *** out ** ********* *** by *** ******** *****.

****: *** *** **** who **** ********* ***? Are **** ******* ************ or *** *** ******* directly **** *************, *********?

**: *** **** ********* are *********** ****** **** straight ************. **** **** selected *** ***** ********* expertise ** *** ********* of *** *******. ** do **** ****** **** manufacturers ** ******* ********* when ** *** ****** purchasing * “***” *** provide *** ******, *************, installation *** *********** ** the **** *** ** site. ********* ****** **-***** allow ** ** ******* and ******** *** ******* without *** ********* ** always **** ** *** suppliers.

****: **** ************ ********—******* and *****—**** *** ****?

**: *** ******* *** is ********* *** ** make *** ** * variety ** *******, ********* on **** *** ******** requirement **.

Why **** **** *********

****: **** ** ** about **** ****** ****** that *** ****?

**: *******, ******, ****, and ***********.

Why **** "**** ** *******, ** ** ****, ** * ****** *****"

****: **** *** **** switched *** ****** ** equipment (*******, ***, ********, etc.) ****** **** ****** and ** ** **** made *** ****** *** were *** ***** **** the ******.

**: ** **** * variety ** ******* *** they *** ******** ** described *******, ********* ** the ******** *********** ** we **** ** *******, as ** ****, ** a ****** *****. *** VMS *** *** ******* infrastructure *** *** ******** brands ** *** *** specifications *** ****** ********** approved.

Why **** *** **** ****** ** ******, ********* *********

****: **** *** **** thoughts ** *** *** largest ** ****** ************* Dahua *** *********?

**: * **** ***** the ******* *******, ***. from **** *** **** of *** ********* ******** from ***** ******* **** regards ** *** ******* systems. ** ** *** some ********* ****, ** have ***** **** ** be ****-*********, ******** *** that **** ******* ************ performance. ** *** ******** system ** *********** **** the ********* ** *******, we *** **** ** risk ** *** ******* onto *** *****. *******, monitoring *** ********* *** cyber ********* ** *** systems ** * ********* ongoing ********.

****: **** ************** ********* **** ***** rights **********? ** **** * concern **** ** ******* standpoint?

**: ** * ********** to ****, * **** been ******** **** ******** the ********* ********* ** the **, ** *** Taiwan ******* *** ****** articles **** **** ******** on *** **** ******* and *** ******** ** appear ** *** **** media. * **** ******** to ****** *****, *** any ****** ************, ************ with ******* ** ********* whose ************ * **** purchased ***** ** *** articles ***** *** *** appearing.

****: *** ***** ** you ******** *** ****** and ******** **********?

**: ** ****** ***** on ******** ************. **** a *********** ** ********, a ***** **** ** agreed, **** ********** **** be ******** *** ********* to **** **** ***********.

****: *** ** **** process *******? *** *******, how ** *** ********/***** new ******* *** ******** versus *** ******** ********* system? ** ** **** you ** ** ** through * *********?

**: *** ******** *** tested *** ********* ** the ******** *********** *** technical ***** **** ***** from *** *********** ********** the ******* ** ****** the ****** **** ******* as *** *** ***** and ************ ***.

Tech *****

****: **** ** **** typical *** ** **** cameras? ** **** **********? Does ** **** **** to ** ****? *** it **** ** ****?

**: **** ****** ** set ** ***** ** the ******** ******** ***********. The ******* ******* *** the ******** ** ***** which ******** ** *** required ******* *** *** main ************ *******, ******* certain ******** ******** ******* are *** ** ****** frame *****.

****: *** **** ****** of ********** *** ***** into **** ***/******/*******/***** ************?

**: *** ********, *******, and ***** **** ********** built **. ** ** example, ****** ****** ** presence **** **** * regular ***** ** ****, backed ** ** ** inline *** *** * generator.

****: **** **** ******* ever **** ****? *** the ********** **** ******?

**: ** **** *** a *** ********* ****** over *** *****, **** related ** ****** ******** performance. ***** ****** **** been ******** *** ** was *** ******* ** redundancy ***** *** ********** according ** ******.

****: ** *** ** live ****** **********? ** are **** ******* **** as ** ***** ***** only?

**: *** ****** ** monitored **** **/*/*** ** the **** ******* **** consisting ** ***** ********* and * ********** ** all *****. *** ******* are ******** *** * period ** ** **** than ** ****.

****: ** *** *** 3rd ***** ********** ** all?

**: **.

****: **** **** ******* of ******* *** **** popular ********** **** ************?

**: ** (**** ****) and *** (**** ***** Dome) *** *** *** most ******* **** ******* currently.

****: ** *** ***** have *** ****** *******?

**: ***.

How **** *** ****** *** * ******** *******

****: ***** **** *** of ****** *** **, which ***** *** *** are ******, ***** ** newer, ****** ** **?

**: ** ******* ********** provide ** **** ****** resolution *** ***********. *** analog ***** ** **** onsite *** ******** *** specific ******** ***** ** the **** **** *** available ** ** ********** IP ****, ** **** not ** ********* ** utilizing *** ****** *****. Over **** ***** **** be ****** *** **** IP ******** **** *** provide *** **** ** enhanced *************.

****: **** *** *** specific ******** *** *********?

**: *** ****** ******* are **** ******* ***** and *** ********* ** analytics ********. ***** *** used *** ********* **********—********* and ********. **** *** set ** ********* ***** the ***** *** **** within ***** ********* ********** and ***** *** ********* units ** ***** *** areas ********. *** ***** in ******** *** *******—***—** provide *** ******* **** a ***** **** ** sight. *** **** *** standard ******** ********** *** escalation ***** ** ****** generated ** *** ******* controlled *** *** ******** control ****.

How ***** ******* ************ ******* "******" *********

****: **** ******* ************** are ***** **** * large-scale ************ ****** ** your ****** ********** **** one ******’* **** **, say, * ****** ******, or ** ****** ********?

**: *** ********* ******** must ** ****** *** have *** ******* ** work ******** ** ***** environments **** ** *** site’s. ************* ********** **** as ******** ****, **** heat *** **** ******* that ********* **** **** specific ********** ************** ******** to ****. ***** **** around ** ******** ***** cover *** ***** ** intruders **** *** **** site ******* **** ******** and ****** ********, ** utilizing ************ **** *** detect *********** ** **** environment ** *********.

****: **** ***** ** technologies ************ *** *** talking *****? **** *** thermal ** ** *** use ****** **** *****?

**: ** ******* ******* technologies. **’* *** *********, and ** **** ***** not ******** ** ******* what ***** ** ********** lighting ** **** ***** within *** ****, ** the *********** ** ******* technologies ******** ** **** the ******* ** ****** both ****** ******** ***** and ***** *** * long *****, ** ** 500m+.

****: *** ***** ** your ******* **** *** to ***** *** * problem? *** ******* *****, vandalism, ******** ** * fight, ***.?

**: *** ****** *** assisted ******** ******** ***** in *** **** ** catch *******, ********* ********* as **** ** ********** of ********* ** **** procedures. **** **** *** as * ********* ******* actions **** *** ****** operations ** *** ****.

****: **** **** **********?

**: ******* ******* *** access *** ****** ****** of *** **** *** ensure ** ********** ** card *******. *** ****** also ******** ********** ***** where ****** ** ***** areas ** ********** **** as **********, *********, **********, mining, ***.

****: *** ****, **** types ** ******* *** you ******* ***** **** might "****** **********?"

**: ********* *****, *** system *** ******** ******** to ***** ******* ****** the **** ******** ** well ** ***** ** thieves ********** ** ********** the **** *********.

****: *** *** *** using ******** ****** ** daily **********?

**: *** ************ *** constantly ******** ** **** appear *** ****** **** mature. ** ** *** business ****, ****** **** the ********** **** ****** any *************** ** *** technologies. *********, *********** ********* are *********** ** ******* points ****** *** **** which ******* *** ******* room **** ***** ********* and ******** ************.

Why **** *** ********** ****** ***********

****: **** ***** ***** emerging ************?

**: ***** ************ **** as *** *** ****** recognition *** ***** ********** reviewed ** ****** ******** can ******* *** ******** should *** *********** *** the ****** ** *********.

****: *** ************, ** you *** ****** ***********?

**: ** ** ***. We *** ******* ** testing **** *******, *** in * **********- **** lit *** ****-****** *********** so **** ** ******** we *** ******* *** functionality ** *** ********.

****: *** ***** ***?

**: ** *** ******* at **** *******, *******, it *** * *** priority ** **** **** and *** ***** *********** is *** ********* ** utilizing **** ********** ***********.

****: *** *******, **** about *******/******* ******** *********?

**: ** ********* ** not ******* * ******** application *** ****, *******, our ********** ********* *** earmarked *** ******** ** this ********** ***** ** 2019.

****: ** ******* *** expansion/upgrading **** * *******?

**: **** ********** *** always **** ********** **** essential *** ********* *************, expansions ** ******** **** been ********* *** *** systems.

How **** *** ***** ******* *** ******** ** **** ** ********

****: **** ** *** process *** *********** ****** placement ********** *** ************?

**: ******** **** ****** camera ***********. *** ****** is ***** ** **** assist *** ******** ******** units ** ********* ***** objectives *** ** ******* the ****** ** *** business.

****: *** *** **** me ** ******* ** a ******** ****** **** has ** **** ******* site **** ** **** for **** ******** *** business ************? *** **** it ***** * ******** function?

**: ******** ******** ***** feeds ** *** **** process ***** ******* **** for *********** ********, *** safety ********** *** ****** purposes *** **** ********. There *** ******** ********* on *** **** ***** this ** *** **** camera ****. ** ******** and ***********, *** **** owners ******* *** ******* to ****** *** *********, such ** * ****** incident ** *** ******** as ** ******* ****** the ***** *** **** utilized ** ******** ** protect *** ******* ******.

****: **** *** **** thoughts ** **********? ** it ***** ***** ** 4K, *** *******?

**: **** **** ****** on *** ******** ************ set *** *** ******. It ***** ** **** to **** ** ******* everywhere, *** ********* *** requirement **** *** ******* the ****. *** *** the ********** ** *** market ** *********** **’* probably * ****** ** time ****** ** ******* the ****.

****: **** *** **** used *****-****** *******?

**: ** **** *** had *** **** *** multi ****** *******.

****: **** ********* ****** the ******** ** ***** in? *** *******, *** should ******** ************ ** used ** ***** **** and **** ********** ************ do *** ***** **** have *** ******* ******?

**: **** ********* *** integration *** *** ******** more ** *** **** in *** ******** ******** with *** ************** ** standards **** ** ***** which *** ******. *** PSIM ***** ** ** interest, **** *** *********** of ******** **** ********* platforms **** * ******* control ********, *****, **** a ********, ******, *** operational *********** ******* *** “central” ******* **** **** a **** ******** *** holistic **** ** *** assets.

Comments (3)

****: **** ***** ********* ********* **** ***** rights **********? ** **** * concern **** ** ******* standpoint

*** ******** ****** ** asked, *******, *** *** can **** ** ****** and *****.. *** * must ***** * **** it ****** ** *** this ******** ** * mining ******* **** ***** in ****** *** **********. Many ****** *** *** and *** ********* ****** from ********** *** ****** poorest ******* *** **** in ********* **** * horrid ***** ***** *********.

*** **** ** ******* even ***** **** *** environmental ****** **** ***** and ***** ************ ** corrupt ******* *** **** of ********** ** ****** and ***** ********* **** allows **** ** ** this ******.

* ******** ***'* ***** that *** ******** ** the ******* ** ****** of *** **** ****** is **** ** ***** mind....

** ***'* **** ** get ***-***** ** **** up ***** ***** ******** practices.  **** ****** ** extremely ******** ** ********* IPVM *********** ****-***** ******** from ***-*****. 

** ******* **** **** has ** ****** ******* they ******* ** *** third ***** *** **** minerals.  ****** ** **** of ******** ****** ** should ***** **** *** their ****** *** **** on.

***'* *** **** **** good **** **** * debate ** ******* ********** or ****-******** ************.  ***** are ***** ****** *** those ***********.

*******...* **** ** ******** setting **** * **** not *** *** ********** with. **** *********** *** insight ** *** *********** and ***********. * *** the *********, *** ******** got * *** **** take ***** **** **** this ******. ******.

******* **** *** ********* some **** ********** *** from **** * * on * ********* *** from * *:* ********* covering ********* ******** ******* that ******* ****, **********, UL **********, ***** **** Operators, **** ************ *** situational ********* *** ***** business ***** ** ********* methods. ** ****, ************* Dam/Power ***** ****, ******* GSOC ******** ****** ******** and ********* ** **** with ******** ******/***** ******* multi ****. 

** ***** ** * lengthy ****** ** *********, perhaps **** * ******* or ***** *****? *'*** IPVM...dive ****.

****** *** *** **** Dan *.  /****** **!

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